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Cinque Terre
  Cinque Terre – The Cinque Terre is a gorgeous section of coastline, dotted with five picturesque towns, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The fun of visiting the Cinque Terre is getting there – villages are linked by train, boat and hiking trails. Hike from one town to the next on the footpaths, the trails are appropriate for kids, some sections are paved. Or, take a boat (you can pick up the ferries along the water), or ride the train.
Tip: Buy a Cinque Terre Card – Good for 1, 3 or 7 days, you can hop on and off the trains, ferries, and trails between the villages, and use the shuttle bus in town. With the card, you'll also get railway and ferries timetables, and trail maps. Pick up the card at the information kiosks for the national park.
    Portofino –Your best bet in Portofino is the Castello Brown, originally built to keep out invading armies, but later it was the home of the English consul to Genoa. The castle itself doesn't have much to see inside, but it's a fun walk from the promenade along the harbor up to the castle. The views are great and the gardens are beautifully planted.
    Genoa –
    Old Port of Genoa (Porto Antico, Genova) – Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo) grew up in Genoa and started his sailing career here. The Old Port of Genoa is still an exciting place to visit, starting with the Sea and Seafaring Museum (Padiglione del Mare e della Navigazione). This large museum, dedicated to the history of seafaring, has full size reconstructions of traditional vessels, an 18th century street in Genoa, a shipyard, interiors of a steamship and ocean liner, plus scale models of sailing ships.
    Neptune pirate ship – Come aboard to explore this replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon (used in several movies). Go below to see rows and rows of cannons, on the half deck above, kids can imagine piloting the ship through turquoise waters.
      Near the Sea and Seafaring Pavilion is the Genoa Aquarium (Acquario di Genova). The aquarium has over 50 tanks with sea life from many different habitats. Especially interesting are the exhibits with angel and sandbar sharks that live in the Mediterranean, plus tanks of seals, dolphins and Neptune grass.
      Tourist tram – In front of the Aquarium, pick up the red and white "Trenino Pippo" tourist tram, and take a 45 min. tour around the port and old city.
      For a panoramic view of the harbor, take a ride on the elevator to the top of the Grande Bigo, a huge Tinkertoy-like construction on a small artificial island.
kids books italy
     
Follow the Dream -  

Irresistible story of Christopher Columbus – as a boy in Genoa, he dreamed of faraway places and watched the ships in the harbor. Columbus formed a plan to sail west to reach the Orient, and finally he convinced Queen Isabella of Spain to sponsor his expedition. Fabulous illustrations, each page filled with adventure and discovery. (Picture book)

 

     
Who Was Christopher Columbus?
Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison

Illustrated biography of Christopher Columbus, growing up in Genoa, watching the ships on the docks, going to sea when he was fourteen, and his four voyages to the New World. (Chapter book)

 

 
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